Accession Number:

AD1104575

Title:

"Speech-Centric Targeting": Toward a Normative Framework for Targeting Speech in Armed Conflicts

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLLEGE NEWPORT RI NEWPORT United States

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2020-05-14

Pagination or Media Count:

20.0

Abstract:

When speech promotes violence, tension forms between security and liberty. Nowhere is this more evident than in the context of an armed conflict where States target individuals based on their speech. Although States agree that speech-centric targeting is lawful, few guidelines exist as to what types of speech represent an imminent threat and are therefore targetable.The lack of guidelines means that, as a test, speech-centric targeting is not currently imposing adequate limits on State action, which in turn undermines the legitimacy of the test. In order to create limits on State action and further legitimize speechcentric targeting, this article proposes a three-part test for speech-centric targeting based on US First Amendment standards.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE